Judiciary must clear election-related cases to avoid future political violence

The General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on the judiciary to expedite judgment on election-related cases in order to avoid future political violence.

Johnson Asiedu Nketia said although the Chief Justice gave assurances ahead of the 2008 polls that all elections related cases would be addressed speedily, many were yet to be resolved.

He warned that if the situation is not addressed, it could send the wrong signals to perpetrators of political violence.

346 Ghanaians deported from Europe

Three hundred and forty-six Ghanaians aged between 20 and 40 were deported from Europe within the first three months of this year, according to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).

A total of 17,565 people were also evacuated from Libya within the same period as a result of the political crisis in that country.

President Mills' team intensifies campaign

The campaign team of President John Evans Atta Mills has decided to intensify its campaigns in the 230 constituencies of the party to ensure massive victory in the presidential primary slated for next month.

According to the National Campaign Team Manager, Mr. J.H. Owusu Acheampong, the team has decided to group itself into two to facilitate the smooth conduct of the exercise.

Government reacts to Nana Addo’s charges

Government has reacted to statements attributed to the Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party Nana Akuffo Addo at an NPP Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

In a statement signed by Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Information Minister said “Government found it curious that Nana Addo’s statement, which was described as a major policy statement by his communication directorate, did not contain a single policy on what will be done differently, except for the barrage of attacks, complains and fallacies, which he heaped on President Mills.”

NCTE to rank tertiary institutions soon

Tertiary Institutions would shortly be ranked by the National Council on Tertiary Education (NCTE).
The ranking would take account of Applied Research, Relevance of Programmes to National Development and Income Generation.
Mr Paul Dzandu, Deputy Executive Secretary NCTE, hinted in his introductory remarks to a speech he read on behalf of the Minister of Education, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu, at the 11th Congregation of Ho Polytechnic on Saturday.

New 'Ga Mantse' takes over Palace, Traditional Council

Supporters of the man laying claim to the Ga Stool, Nii Tackie Adama Latse II, have succeeded in seizing the two main powerhouses of the Ga Kingdom, the main Palace and the offices of the Ga Traditional Council, according to reports monitored by Citifmonline.com.

The palace is located at James Town and the Traditional Council at North Kaneshie.

The Ga Palace, which until its seizure was occupied by King Tackie Tawiah III, was taken over on Friday June 10, before Nii Tackie Adama Latse’s installation on Sunday.

Fall-outs From ‘Judicial Corruption’ Allegations…

…A Day After Chief Justice Was Petitioned By FGJ In The Case Of 4 Lawyers! By Our Roving Scouts

Successful Research Into Improvement In The Preservation Of Cocoa Trees

Successful Research Into Improvement In The Preservation Of Cocoa Trees By Dr Adu Gyamfi
A Ghanaian PHD Student at Reading University, in the United Kingdom has successfully researched into a very effective way of preserving cocoa plants against fire, drought and some cocoa diseases like the Cacao Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV).

New Ga Mantse enstooled

A new Ga mantse under the stool name Nii Tackie Adama Latse II has been enstolled Sunday.
Some kingmakers within the Ga state introduced the supposed new chief to elders of the Ga royal houses at a ceremony at the Ga stool house.
Joy News' Elvis Adjetey who was present at the enstoolment ceremony reported the new chief is a London based business man privately known as George Tackie.
The new chief hails from Piam, one of the Royal Houses within the Ga state.

Gov’t to offer assistance to quintuplet parent

The Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare and the Department of Social Welfare are preparing to visit Mr. and Mrs. Alex Obeng Sakyi, who delivered quintuplets, to offer them the needed assistance.

Electricity access now 72 percent – Dep. Energy Minister

Deputy Minister for Energy, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini says access to electricity in the country has increased to 72 per cent.

Speaking on Multi TV’s political talk show Majority Caucus, Alhaji Fuseini noted that the Mills administration has within its two-years in office improved access to electricity in the country by about 20 per cent.

NDC Pass Mills & Konadu

Reports on the vetting of President J. E. A. Mills and Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings for the July 10, 2011 congress to elect one of them for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearership slot at Sunyani, has been intercepted The Herald.
Both President Mills and Nana Konadu, who appeared before the Committee on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively were unanimously passed to stand for the election which is less than month away.

Nana Akufo-Addo’s Cacophony Of Promises

The winner’s edge is not in a gifted birth, a high IQ, or in talent. The winner’s edge is all in the attitude, not aptitude. Attitude is the criterion for success.-Denis Waitley
Nana Akufo-Addo, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party for election 2012, always has a unique style of making news, which is usually altruistic and for reasons that would not advance his quest to lead this country.

NDC launches Heroes' Fund

Government displeased with obscenity in the media

A Deputy Minister for Information, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa on Friday expressed government’s worry on the seeming upsurge in obscenity and pornography in the Ghanaian media.
He has therefore called on the National Media Commission (NMC) as a matter of urgency, to come up with pragmatic and systematic solutions to stem the tide.

Lawyer Accuses Chief Justice Of Leaking Evidence

By Sedi Bansah
Chris Ackumey, an Accra-based lawyer, has condemned in no uncertain terms, the Chief Justice (CJ), Mrs. Theodora Wood’s behavior to leak to the media the evidence he had provided her to prove that corruption in the judiciary is no longer a perception but a reality.

Strategic Future Leaders Forum launched in Parliament

Accra, June 9, GNA-Mr Clement K. Humado, Minister of Youth and Sports, on Thursday launched the Strategic Future Leaders Forum in Parliament House calling on the youth to be expansive in their ideas about leadership roles.
He asked them to avoid tokenism, think outside the box, match gifts and passions with needs and opportunities and take every opportunity to affirm that young people are needed and capable.

Ghanaian journalists told to protect integrity

Koforidua, June 10, GNA - Mr Ahmed Baba Jamal, Deputy Information Minister, on Wednesday, urged journalists in the country to do everything possible to protect their integrity in the execution of their duties.

He emphasized that, if journalists undermined their integrity, it would go a long way to affect the country negatively; adding that, they should ensure their actions benefited the nation in a positive way.

NDC Verifies Album

AS PART of preparations towards the July 8-10 congress of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo regional capital, the ruling party has started an exercise to verify the photo album that will be used for the congress.

The photo album is a compilation of the photographs and other details of delegates eligible, by the party's constitution, to vote during the NDC presidential primaries to select a flag-bearer for the 2012 elections.

Statement: NDC responds to NPP’s low opinion of Ghanaian chiefs

The National Democratic Congress has noted with disquiet and amazement a statement issued by the NPP and signed Nana Akomea, the Party’s Communications Director, on the alleged misuse of CHIEFS in the country by NDC as propaganda tools.

Chief Justice petitioned over boycott of 4 lawyers

A Think Tank, the Forum for Governance and Justice, on Thursday June 9, officially presented a petition to Her Lordship, the Chief Justice Georgina Wood, demanding her to use her reputable office to stop what it calls the needless victimization of some four lawyers who made comments about perceived corruption in the judiciary.

COCOBOD denies witch-hunting anti-Government staff

The Ghana COCOBOD has denied media reports that some employees believed to be anti-Government elements have been transferred and in some cases sacked, following their criticism of the CEO’s alleged involvement in some shady deals.
A Daily Guide publication said two Directors of the General Services Department, have been transferred to the Special Duties Department, which was created by the CEO, Mr. Anthony Fofie.

Government Initiate Steps to Hedge Petrol Prices

A nine-member National Risk Management Committee (NRMC) has been inaugurated in Accra, today, as part of government’s effort to hedge petrol price risk.
This follows cabinet’s approval of government’s initiative to hedge petrol price risk in 2010.
The committee had its chair and membership appointed by H.E. John Evans Atta-Mills and will report its activities to Cabinet through the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning.

Interior Minister Clarifies Dual Citizenship

The Minister for the Interior, Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, has indicated that the amendment of Section 8 of the 1992 Constitution allows citizens of Ghana to hold the citizenship of any other country in addition to that of Ghana.
However, Dr. Kunbuor said, those who acquired the citizenship of any other country other than by marriage under the old law would not qualify under the new law which is the amendment made to Section 8.

NDC Vetting Chairman repeats call for party unity

Accra, June 8, GNA – Alhaji Issifu Ali, Chairman of National Democratic Congress (NDC) Vetting Committee for the Party's presidential nominees, has repeated his call on members to close their ranks for victory in the 2012 general election.

He stressed that the unity of the Party should be maintained and reminded by the two nominees contesting for the flag bearer slot and their followers to play by the rules and carry out their campaigns devoid of acrimony.

Betty Mould defends 'skyrocketing' cost of classroom projects

Education Minister, Betty Mould Iddrisu has proffered a strong defence for alleged high cost of new six-classroom blocks built across the country in the last two years.
Figures released by the Education Ministry indicate that a six-classroom block cost between GHS250,000 and GHS270,000.
The figures appear too exorbitant for the Minority in Parliament who demanded explanations from the sector minister on the floor of the house.

I won’t be anybody’s running mate to contest Mills – Babgin

Minister for Water Resources Works and Housing, Hon. Alban Bagbin, has utterly rubbished Newspaper reports claiming that he has been penciled to be the future running mate to Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, when she is elected to lead the party.
The latest report was published in the Wednesday June 8 edition of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper.

Attorney-General denies knowledge of “Mabey & Johnson” report

The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Martin A.B.K. Amidu, says a publication alleging he was expected to submit a police report on investigations into the “Mabey & Johnson” bribery scandal to President Mills cannot be true.

Below is a statement he issued in reaction to the publication.

Re: “the Mabey & Johnson Bribery Scandal
…after investigations by CID of Ghana Police”

Kufuor commissioned KVIPs, NPP infested economy with “steroids” – Adenta MP

The Member of Parliament for Adenta, Kojo Adu Asare has rebuffed criticisms over projects being commissioned by President J.E.A. Mills on his nationwide tour, saying former President J.A. Kufuor also commissioned KVIPs during his term in office.

President Mills earlier this year, began a nationwide tour to inspect ongoing projects started under his watch as well as to commission those projects which have been completed.

Veep in USA for UN meeting on AIDS

Accra, June 8, GNA - Vice President John Dramani Mahama is leading a government delegation to the UN General Assembly meeting on AIDS from June 8 to 10.